Schooling, Family Background, and Adoption: Is it Nature or is it Nurture?
University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam School of Economics (ASE); Tinbergen Institute; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Wim P.M. Vijverberg
CUNY The Graduate Center - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 247
When parents are more educated, their children tend to receive more schooling as well. Does this occur because parental ability is passed on genetically or because more educated parents provide a better environment for children to flourish? Using an intergenerational sample of families, we estimate on the basis of a comparison of biological and adopted children that at most 65 percent of the parental ability is genetically transmitted.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: Intergenerational mobility, human capital, genetic transfers, adoption
JEL Classification: I21, J13, J24working papers series
Date posted: April 11, 2001
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